Having your book converted into a movie would be a dream come true, right? Just think of all the publicity, the wonder of seeing your characters brought to life on the screen, the people who would come rushing to buy your book to see how it compares with the movie… aaaaaaand that’s where the dream comes to a screeching halt and becomes a nightmare.
After the initial euphoria fades away, you start to think about all the worst-case scenarios: actors you dislike might get chosen to play your characters (I don’t know what I’d do with myself if Kristen Stewart came anywhere near the set), the script writers may decide that your most favourite scene in the book is not worth their time, or worse; they might strip your book from its original ending and give it a brand new one. Yikes. Continue reading “A Book’s Worst Nightmare”
When it comes to books and their movie adaptations, I’m with the “Books are Better” team. It is rare that I’ll like a movie more than its book counterpart… and I’ll often complain when the movies aren’t true to the books. In fact, I remember complaining so much about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so much during the screening that ultimately one employee had to come and told me to hush. I know, I know… I fell into two mistakes there; disrupting the peace of the theatre and breaking the If-you-don’t-like-it-don’t-[insert verb here]-it rule. But since the third book was my favourite, and since it got butchered in the movie, I felt considerably aggravated.
But never mind my teenage mishaps. I assure you I’ve learned from my mistakes, but all that is not relevant here. Not entirely.
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